Tools for a sustainable built environment : guidelines for subtropical design

Kennedy, Rosemary J. & Katoshevski, Rachel (2009) Tools for a sustainable built environment : guidelines for subtropical design. In Tsenkova, Sasha (Ed.) Planning Sustainable Communities : Diversity of Approaches and Implementation Challenges. University of Calgary, Calgary, pp. 179-196.

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South East Queensland (SEQ) is Australia's fastest-growing region, attracting an average of 55,000 new residents each year. The historic South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2006 (OUM,2005), and subsequent Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (DIP, 2008) aim to manage growth sustainably through a policy of compact urbanisation and consolidation. This requires a shift to a level of density not previously experienced in the generally low-density environment of Queensland. A critical characteristic of the regional vision is that 'development is sustainable, well designed, and the subtropical character of the region is recognised and reinforced'. The explict inclusion of the subtropical aspect with sustainability in the regional identity and appropriate design for climate play in the achievement of ecologically sustainable development.-----

This chapter discusses the development of subtropical design principles and guidelines to support sustainable outcomes for SEQ. The chapter begins with a description of the region, and a discussion of subtropical character and identity. The guidelines themselves have been through a process of development including peer review of the initial draft, and testing and validation of the second draft. A sample of one of the principles is included with excerpts from feedback from planners elicited via a detailed questionnaire.

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ID Code: 21019
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: sustainable, communities, subtropical, design, SEQ
ISBN: 9780889533394
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 University of Calgary
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Deposited On: 09 Jun 2009 01:18
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